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Grande Hotel Santa Domitilla
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Ponza Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 5, 2012

The hotel seems secluded even though it's right in the centre of Ponza with busy streets either side. The grounds are small but tastefully planted and maintained, with driftwood sculptures and garden chairs. It's only 10 minutes' walk from the ferry terminal but they run a shuttle to and from it, which is convenient if you have heavy luggage or are saving your energy for sightseeing.
My double room for single use was spotlessly clean and pleasingly furnished in Mediterranean style. Not cheap at EUR180 but this is a popular vacation spot for Italians and it was still high season.
I found all the staff I encountered: driver, receptionists, waiters, pool staff, gardener and manager - invariably smiling and helpful.
The two swimming pools really count as one to me as they're small, and right next to each other so children have fun jumping from one into the other. Still, they're salt water and large enough to swim a few lengths when there aren't too many small people around! Which was mostly the case in the mornings (the pool opens at 10 am).
Breakfast, Italian style, is mostly pastries, but there are some cereals, fruit, yogurt, as well as boiled eggs and ham and cheese for those who need their protein. Boring, but adequate.
I didn't try the main restaurant, but had excellent sushi at the pool bar.
The hotel will organise excursions and make dinner reservations if asked. In summer there are loud parties starting at 6.30 pm in the pool area and my heart sank when I first realised the fact, but fortunately I didn't hear a sound from inside.
I'm going back next week! Couldn't wait till the next season opens in May...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

The Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla is truly a gem of a hotel with a fabulous spa and gorgeous grounds. If you are looking for a classy retreat with the amenities to go with it - look no further. Santa Domitilla is the only hotel on the island of Ponza that offers, two pools, A/C and cable TV in your room, perfect location (a stone's throw from the port), lush green gardens, spa, friendly staff and good food.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

I spent three days at the hotel with my wife and two small children. The hotel has a very nice architecture that suites the island and has a nice garden and pool (too deep though for small children). The breakfast is ok but rather limited (only one type of cheese). What we really did not like were the rooms and the receptionists. As a family of 4 we had to take a suite. The first one for 250 Euros had nearly no windows (light was coming from the door which was partially glass and a darkened window -the window was looking directly into the porch of the next suite so there was not transparent). When we complained we received a nicer room but had to pay an additional 50 Euros. You would expect that when paying 300 Euros for a room that you would get some sort of luxury but not at Santa Domitilla. The bed for the children was a sleeping sofa with a disgusting mattress -see picture. Most of the ladies at the reception either did not speak English. The ones who did reacted with complete arrogance and unfriendliness to any request (asking the lady at night to change the sheets which were clean but still had some hair and blood on them really got her upset).
If you are planning to go to Ponza be aware that the fast ferry only travels when the weather is nice. So there is a good chance that you might have to take the slower one or leave earlier. In that case make sure that you have a flexible agreement with the hotel. We had to leave one day earlier as otherwise we would have missed our plane. The nice lady at the reception insisted however that we pay the full duration.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank dorgsis
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

I am Italian but live in the US and was looking for a great place to spend my 2 weeks of summer vacation in Italy with my extended family. We selected the Hotel Santa Domitilla on the island of Ponza (off the coasts of Rome). It was an amazing experience. The thermal pools at the hotel are a dream. The regular pool is sea water and we really enjoyed hanging out there after a day at the beach. The staff was exceptionally corteous and patient. The location is central yet quiet and secluded enough to allow for peace and relax. The food at the hotel restaurant is exquisite (we dined there a couple of times). My brother had a massage and he said the person was professional and helped to make his shoulder knot to go away. In the evenings they have music until 10pm at the pool bar (which might be late for some, but we enjoyed it). The kids loved the hotel too: everyone was happy with the stay. We can't wait to go back again!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

Ranks as a an outstandingly romantic hotel worth a visit to Ponza just to stay there. And the grotto swimming pools are indescribably amazing. Perfect place to go with someone very special.

Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2009

Although we read the reviews prior to making our reservation, I decided to disregard them, mainly because the hotel appears in the Karen Brown guide to hotels in Italy, and she made it sound wonderful. When we arrived to check-in, the Front Desk staff told us our room number, gave us the key - and pointed. The gruff man who'd picked us up in his clunker from the ferry seemed irritated to assist us with our luggage but he finally showed us the way to our room. It was so disappointing. The bed was made, but the cover was put on it crooked and it was rumpled, made us wonder if the bedding had been washed. Everything seemed a little dirty. No one showed us where the pool or restaurant were located. When we explored on our own, we were disappointed with the grounds which were unkempt (dead grass, pasta and other food strewn about on the sidewalks, dirty outdoor furniture, cigarette butts everywhere). It wasn't until we saw the pools that we were informed that our two-year-old daughter could not go into the one with the caves which is heavily sold on their website. Our stay, which was $350 Euros/per night - approximately $500 US dollars per night, included a one-day pass to this "special wellness pool" however now we were being informed it was for adults only. The other pool offered a dangerously narrow stairway down into a pool that was about 5 and 1/2 feet deep all around. No shallow end for children. Every day 1/2 dozen large red mattresses, covered in mold, were stacked on a landing above the pool to dry in the sun. These were from the disco they turn the pool area into at night. I felt bad for guests whose rooms faced the disco. . . fortunately ours did not.
The front desk staff was forbidden from telling guests about any restaurant other than the one located at the hotel, or another restaurant owned by a relative. If you asked them about any other place, they would act confused, and repeat that the only restaurants were those two. It was almost comical.
Breakfast was included in the price of our room, thank god. However, there is a surly woman who is assigned to watch guests as they fill their plates at the buffet. I asked for two glasses of orange juice to bring one to my partner, and after scolding me by waiving a finger "no", she gave me one. My partner had to come get her own juice! In addition, one morning we brought the tray of food to our room, when we returned to get some fruit, we were questioned how many people were in our room. We said three. They said we were taking too much food and needed to call room service to pay for it. We told them we were willing to pay. They rolled their eyes and said, "Dingo!" Whatever that means. We interpretted it to mean that we could take the food but we were being rude and greedy. After seeing how much food other guests were consuming we could not believe this interrogation - what is the purpose of making guests feel bad about returning for a few pieces of watermelon?
The rooms, as previous reviewers have noted, are small, dingy, and have thin walls. One night, we were awakened at 1:30 in the morning by a loud and violent-sounding argument by the guests next door. They were intoxicated and yelling at one another for approximately 45 minutes which woke our daughter. For the remainder of the stay, we heard a dog, kept in a room at the other end of the hallway, barking and whining for hours on end.
The island of Ponza is beautiful, and we had a wonderful time there. If we are ever fortunate enough to return, we will not be staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2007

We stayed here for five nights in August in a room with a sea view at circa €300 per night.

The rooms are tiny and you can hear everything in the corridor or the room next door. The shower leaked water all over the bathroom. Furthermore, the sea view was there if you stood upright on the terrace and looked over to you right, the immediate view was a tree and a building!!! The rooms are very basic and not what you would expect.

The hotel has two pools, one that is okay and one that is very beautiful and built into the rocks. However, it is free to use the okay pool but €30 per person per day to use the other pool that they call a spa or wellness program!! Even if you turn up at the end of the day and stay for 30 minutes they charge €30 pp.

Breakfast is served inside or outside in a pretty garden and is okay at best.

The staff are very kind but the place is too expensive by a long way.

  • Stayed: August 2007
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Address: Via Panoramica snc, 04027, Ponza Island, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Latina > Ponza Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Ponza Island
Price Range: $141 - $365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grande Hotel Santa Domitilla 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla, one of the most prestigious hotels on the island of Ponza and the whole Mediterranean coastline.Our elegant and refined common areas have a cool Mediterranean décor and our splendid gardens with their abundance of Mediterranean and exotic plants are surrounded by typical Ponza-style terraces.Two seawater swimming pools are hidden behind a mass of purple bougainvillea, and our fabulous Wellbeing Course winds between lemon trees and fox grapes to the picturesque Roman Grottos with their different temperatures (from 19 to 37°C), numerous hydromassage jets, and the exquisite Arabic style and chromo-therapeutic lighting of the Turkish Bath. Then there is the prestigious restaurant and wine bar, “Il Melograno”, that offers gastronomic delights in wisteria draped bowers. ... more   less 
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